- BS, Michigan State University
- CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
- CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Trainer
- USA Cycling Coach
- Triathlon, CrossFit, and Obstacle Course Athlete Competitor
- Certified Massage Therapist
- Nutrition Enthusiast
- Former Professional Cyclist
- CrossFit kids Certified
- Multiple time CrossFit Games Master’s Online Qualifier
- Current Opex CCP Student
Founder, Head Trainer
Throughout most of his personal and professional athletics, Max followed the mantra, “No pain, no gain,” believing, like many other athletes, that pushing harder and faster all the time was the key to making him not only a better athlete, but a healthier person. However, these principles only saw each of his athletic pursuits burn out fast while he suffered continual injuries, fatigue, and a reliance on caffeine and carbs to get him through his workouts.
After ranking 80thin the world as a masters CrossFit athlete, his performance began a gradual descent he couldn’t just “push through” with harder and faster training. He observed a similar trend in his gym members as well. That’s when Max began to ask some hard questions about this pervasive “wisdom” that athletes across the spectrum—from the professional to the everyday—follow.
Max’s mentors listened to his concerns and he introduced to the Maximum Aerobic Function (MAF) method developed by Dr. Phil Maffetone. The science outlined in the MAF method and Dr. Maffetone’s work supported all of Max’s own observations and gave him the solid foundation to start changing how he and his gym members improved their overall health and fitness.
Ticker Training was developed by Max after testing out the MAF method on himself and investing money and countless hours into research and the latest scientific health equipment.
With a focus on functional movement, improved aerobic capacity, and metabolic changes that turn the body into an efficient fat-burning machine, Ticker Training is disproving the “no pain, no gain” mentality. Max has always been in motion. He was a student athlete on SHU track and field team, and after college he remained athletically competitive, as a professional cyclist, which led to participating in triathlons, obstacle course races, before finding CrossFit.
- BS, Eastern Michigan University
- CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
- CrossFit Gymnastics certified
- USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach
- Head Coach of Ticker Endurance
The word “Endure” has two meanings, both “to suffer (something painful or difficult) patiently” and “to remain in existence, to last.” As a lifelong endurance athlete, Kate has adapted to endure, long, short, intense, and mindless workouts.
On the bike, in Crossfit, and while running, enduring the stress of exercise gave Kate a great springboard to launch her passionate career to make these workouts physically meaningful, effective, and to show steadfast change. Through her own training she learned what made an effective athlete and she made it her mission to refine these tactics and share her plan with others.
Taking over CrossFit TreeTown’s GOAT (Goal Oriented Aerobic Training) programming, Kate developed and refined how to make the most out of specific training to reach specific goals, and how to apply these programs to broaden any athletes career; a broad umbrella that would enhance anyone working to improve their health whilst not ruining their day to day lives in the process.
Working to build the most robust and efficient aerobic system within herself and for her clients demanded science and technology to enhance the process, so working to educate herself on metabolism, exercise physiology, and training on how to use the tools to measure and interpret these metrics, was the next obvious evolution of the program. Using data, science, and analysis, and as Kate continues to grow her experience, education, and expertise, the possibilities are endless as to where her training and programming may progress!
When not learning about, podcasting, and coaching fitness, wellness, and metabolic health, Kate is busy with her family; biking with her son, rock climbing with her daughter and spending endless hours in the kitchen thinking up new and creative ways to eat kale and bacon.
- USAW L2
Monica began doing the CrossFit Mainsite workouts in the summer of 2012 in her driveway – which she referred to as “Muscle Beach Marquette” – in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula. Knowing nothing about scaling workouts, one of the first workouts she completed was thirty 95-pound thrusters. When Blackfly Crossfit opened up in Marquette, MI in August of 2013, she went to her first structured class. 3 months later, she had her CF-L1 and began coaching.
Monica began competing as a weightlifter in May 2015, and has qualified for the Michigan State Championships, qualified for and competed at the American Open Series as a 58kg weightlifter, and medaled at numerous local events. As both an athlete and a coach, she strives for beautiful and efficient movement.
What she loves most about coaching is being able to encourage and inspire other women to take their health and physical capabilities to the next level. She believes that the best gift one could possibly give another person is the ability to see that they’re capable of more than they thought – and to meet them on the other side of that threshold with open arms and celebration. She takes a holistic approach to training and coaching, and focuses on the mental aspect of training as well as the physical.
Monica enjoys a physical challenge and loves exploring and learning new ways to move – whether that be throwing a football with a perfect spiral or learning the nuanced art of the Moonwalk. You can find her in or outside of the gym working to achieve the perfect straddle press to handstand and surrounding herself with as many strong, positive, and encouraging women as possible.
- ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist
In 2016, a friend dragged Claire to her first CrossFit class. She had her doubts about this fitness program. Although she was hesitant to commit at first, she did a few drop in classes and was soon convinced CrossFit was her new love. Growing up as a competitive gymnast and then later competing as a pole vaulter for the University of Michigan, athletic success has always been in her grasp, but CrossFit demanded different strengths she had not focused on before — and she reveled in that challenge.
Claire has completed her bachelor’s degree and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in movement science in the School of Kinesiology. Claire also conducts research in the School of Dentistry, focusing on mammal mastication. With an educational focus in exercise physiology and biomechanics, Claire loves to watch movement patterns and encourage members to move more efficiently. Supporting people to reach their goals and achieve personal success is the driving force behind her passion for lifestyle and nutrition coaching. As a researcher and a kinesiology nerd, Claire has a comprehensive understanding of how to make your Ticker data work for you in the best way. She believes that exercise should never be an added stressor to your life, but should be something that brings you joy and propels you towards your goals.
In her own fitness journey, Claire has competed on a national stage as a 69kg weightlifter with the TreeTown Weightlifting team, and competed in local Crossfit competitions in Michigan. In her “free” time, she enjoys mountain biking, traveling, coffee, petting dogs (especially her own), and quality conversation.
If you’re ready to commit to changing your life, Claire can help! With her ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist Certificate and her broad knowledge of health and how it pertains to the human body, she understands that small changes can make significant impacts across all aspects of your life, and will help you set yourself up for long term success.